Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,250
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
259
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
3.85
 
 
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Photo of vancurly
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy red/brown amber, lots of yeasty chunks, off-white dense head, and a lot of bubbling.

Aromas of complex malts & candy sugar, subtle hops. There is a briney note there also, which would allow this beer to go well with Moules et Frittes.

A bit light on in flavour, for what I was expecting. I think the carbonation deadens the mouth a bit as it fizzes away... I'll give it a swirl to kick up more head, and maybe lose some of the CO2.

With some swirling & warmth, I get a perfumy candy flavour, mostly musk. Maybe I'm getting a bit jaded, but it's seems a bit cliche.... all esters & phenols, backed up by alcoholic warmth, not much beyond that...

There is an aftertaste of subtle hoppiness. The bitterness is medium.

Very effervescent, like its stablemates. Maybe too much so, as it tends to detract from the front-palate flavours.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table very lightly hazy and deep amber with an off-white frothy head which lasted long and laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a storng dark caramel character and a very light bit of DMS. The fruity presence contained a light banana.

The flavor was that of dark fruits with deep caramelization. The flavor was fruity and estery with a spicy presence. The dark fruits were raisins and prunes and were coupled to a light spice that stayed long in the flavor.

The finish was dry with a dark fruity character lasting long with a bit of spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A very nicely done Belgian Strong Dark.

Bottle served in proper glassware at Cafe Vlissinghe in Brugge on 9/13/06.

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Photo of therica
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Leuven Belgium, hand-carried to the USA and consumed 8 months later after diligent care and consistent temperature.

Poured an interesting earthy medium-brown, with a huge foamy head that stayed for what seemed forever. I had to wait for the foam to settle before I could pour the final 1/3 of the bottle.

Smell-- fruity, mid yeast, cinnamon, pear.

Taste-- not quite what I'd hoped for after its high recommendations by Leuven residents, but very worth the try. Some complexities in fruits, hints of anise, coffee, melon, maybe molasses.

Mouthfeel-- moderate bitterness but not overwhelming, more apparent in the aftertaste than in the drinking. Slight pleasant fruity sweetness.

Very drinkable in small quantities.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with some chunks of sediment in it and a creamy layer of head. Smell malty, fruity and a little yeasty. Very pleasant. The taste is very sweet with enough bitterness just to finish clean. Caramel notes and a little raisiny as well. There's a little alcohol burn and vapor, but not too much. Also has a little bit of carbonation that dries it out some. It's very thick and creamy though. All in all it's very drinkable, but it won't be long before you get too drunk to drink any more at 9% abv.

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Photo of btmo
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourite beers.

Appearance is a delightful amber brown, and there is some *texture* to it. It fairly sparkles in the daylight!

Smell is good. You can notice the fruit esters and aromatics wafting from the beer - but they are balanced. Not overpowering or overdone. The scent has character. It smells like beer, but good beer.

Taste is what beer is all about, and this one doesn't disappoint. A complex mix of yeasts, malt, fruits, caramels and a solid jolt of ethanol. I think the alcohol is a solid contributor to this beers taste - as it provides a nice base for all of the other flavours to perfuse through. You can spend a lot of time getting lost in these flavours. And a lot of time working your way through them all.

There is a bit too much bitterness in the aftertaste - but the main event compensates for this.

Mouthfeel is good, silky and satisfying.

Finally, the serving of this beer is always a bit of an event. The bottle has naked people on it. The special glass it is regularly served in has naked people on it. The coaster has naked people on it.

I can take a hint. Drink this with someone you love. Or want to...

Overall?

Buy this beer.

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Photo of haz77
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep cloudy amber with a few floaties. Two inches of fluffy light tan head slowly drop to a rocky finger.

S - Yeast, clove, banana, phenols, fruity esters, cinnamon, candy sugar. Really nice.

T - A little disappointing after the smell. Sweet caramel malt to start off, with ripe banana coming through. Alcohol warmth builds from the middle and is joined by clove and fruit in the finish, and some spice in the aftertaste. Feels too unbalanced.

M - Smooth, creamy and slick body. Low carbonation.

D - Drinkability is pretty good for the ABV. Fairly impressive in every aspect apart from taste and interesting enough to warrant trying.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is amber brown colored and has little carbonation and a small head.
Smell was caramellic and yeasty with some sharp foeselalcohols and candy sugar.
Taste was alcoholic and warming. The caramellic and candy base is solid. On top is a slight bitter and the Belgian flavors. There is really not much more I can say about this beer, as the beer is not overly complex. A decent beer though and a good "newbie"beer.

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Photo of ernie
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with a shade of orange, medium carbonation, fantastic cappuccino head and solid lace.

Smell fruity (berries, plums, ripe pommegranate), malty and a bit candyish.

Taste complex, fruity with no extra sweetness, malts well balanced by hops and spices. Body big, mouthfeel heavy, even sticky, reminiscent of strong Scotch Ales. Finish bitter with some acidity, good fruity aftertaste.

Not my favourite but there's no reason to reject it when available. Never had more than two 0.33 l bottles at one occasion.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Chaucer's Pub/Marienbad Restaruant in London Ontario. Served with its own glass! (Bottle good 'til Oct 19, 2006).

A: Redish-brown, pours with a nice off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Similar to a mulled cider, seemingly appropriate for the 'forbidden fruit'.

T: The spices really come through in the flavour as well (nobel continental hops and certainly some Belgian yeast products as well). A little earthy with fruity esters; some mild, dark fruit flavours from the malt as well.

M: Extremely well attenuated for such a strong, all-malt brew, surprisingly light. Finish is dry and crisp. Very nice.

D: I nice, digestable Belgian.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid, cloudy light brown, topped with a thick tan head. Are those things supposed to be floating in my beer? There's thousands of them! It's kind of scary!
At least it smells good. Light, citrusy smell, with maybe some mango or passionfruit thrown in. Smells pretty tasty, actually!
Taste is thinner than I expected, with a bit of fruityness in place of where I would normally expect malt. It almost tastes like a cross between beer and wine. certainly not a bad taste, but I'm not sure my palate is too crazy about it. A bit of alcohol is noticable at the end of the swallow. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with good carbonation and good drinkability.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark honey, moderate white head, some lacing but not much, and lots of dark floaties.

Smell: lots of yeasty fruitiness, a hint of spice, sweet

Taste: not quite up to my expectations (granted, they were a little too high). Acidic, fruity, yeasty, a hint of caramel. The alcohol is detectable, but well-hidden considering this is a 9% ABV brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body, highly carbonated, very smooth and silky. The acidity contributes to a very nice crisp finish.

Drinkability: revisiting a previous review, quite satisfying and balanced. Not exceedingly memorable but solid

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Photo of moderndrunkard
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a big, airy, tan-colored head. Hangs out for a while. Foggy, opaque body with a light brown color. Looks very dense.

Yeasty, slightly alcoholic smell. Nothing I can point out very specifically, just sweet with a hint of malts.

Opens with a creamy head taste and a nice, high carbonation level. Sweet body with a bitter aftertaste. It seems to me to be lacking the spiciness of the regular hoegaarden. But, on the other hand, it lacks the heaviness of the Grand Cru. Which is a plus in my book. I think I notice a slight phenolic taste, but I'm still not quite sure what exactly that is yet. It's not as fruity as I expected, so it loses some points there.

Overall, too plasticy and bitter for this style.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted this 330ml bottle on 19.03.06 Best by 03/10/07 ABV: 8.5% costing €2.95 in Molloys off-licence chain, Dublin.
Great name for a beer, suggesting great things to come.

Poured into a Chimay chalice a nice cloudy ruby-coloured brew with a reasonable white head. Not much aroma to report.
Taste was a little disappointing; quite sweet with not much disguising the alcohol. No complexity.
Mouthfeel was nice with a little fizz.
I always felt that this beer was somewhat over-rated. Quite a nice beer, but I would not be rushing back for a second one.

It suggests a serving temp of 5-6oC on the bottle, but I think that a temp of 10-12 brings out more flavour.

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Photo of Redteketed
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer, red-brown coloured and reasonable head, smells rich; I smell caramelised malt, some spicy, cinnamon odour, apple and a little alcohol.
Full body, taste sweet/bitter with some cinnamon and roasted nuts. It should have more depth in it.The taste is disappointing compared to its rich smell.
A dry, sticky mouthfeel, some alcohol, the aftertaste has some hoppines, spice and again roasted nuts. Sparkling carbonation.
Overall conclusion: not a bad beer, but I had better beers in this style.

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Photo of davidchollar
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am trying the less popular hoegaarden verboden vrucht before the hoegaarden original witbier for no particular reason other than the higher abv for equal price. both beers are available to me at the local grocery store, along with chimay and a few more foreign beers. i have a very limited selection to choose from, think guinness, heineken and bud, that's about it. but this one proves to be well worth the 400 yen, or about $3.50.

poured from a 33cl bottle into a chimay chalice, this looks good, can't wait to smell it. nice dark mahogany with a beautiful off-white head. i have to compare this to the only other belgian strong dark i am familiar with, chimay blue. this appears to be a hint of a shade lighter in color. and much sweeter in the nose.

much more fruity. all kinds of fruits. this is an amazing beer to quaff, but i do not have the beer experience or vocabulary to describe what i smell. it's pretty intense, but i can say this seems to be less yeasty, or bready than chimay blue. sipping confirms this. maybe not as smooth, but the alcohol is well hidden, certainly easy going down for a 9%.

overall i would have to say this has more flavor than a chimay blue, a little more intense. but that doesn't necessarily mean i like it better. when it comes to international beerdom i am still a total newb, but every belgian style beer i've tried has rocked my world, and this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of JohnW
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with rich head to start, though did not last too long. Medium dark colour with a little cloudiness if you empty the bottle all at one go, though you can leave the sediment in the bottle. Rich sweet heavy aroma, fruity, caramel and malt, with a hint of spice and nuttiness. Flavour is very rich and sweet, but not a great deal of character, no depth of flavours other than the sweetness, any subtle flavours overtaken by the sweetness. I did enjoy this, but would not want more than one bottle, there are other Belgium beers with similar sweetness but more depth of flavour and character. Recommended to try if you enjoy this style of sweet rich beers, but don't expect too much, the name implies something greater than it is !

John W
Bham UK Jan 2006

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Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought to the states by a friend of mine. 33cl bottle poured into Belgian style chalis. Huge malty Belgian aroma wafting from glass. Beautiful dark amber color, slight haze. Poured nice head, big bubbles, like egg whites when you whip them to stiff peaks. Wonderful flavor, malt, dark fruit, sweet caramel, no hops (as expected). Very nice beer. What a treat! Wish I could get it here.

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Photo of descartes
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Light brown with a finger of tan head.
Smell: Malty smell with whiffs of cherry and coco.
Taste: Hops in the middle and some chocolate, nuts on the back with a caramel aftertaste. Lots of flavors I couldn't identify, many were too strong and got in each others way.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, one of the nicer aspects of this beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark red / amber colour... Big, slightly off white, head faded to nice layer....

Aroma - Quite sweet, fruity, (cherries, blackcurrents, strawberries), spicy, slight salty notes, some nuttiness...

Taste – Quite sweet, malty, yeasty notes, fruitiness (banana ?), some sourness, slight liquorice...

Feel - Quite sharp - med carbonation.. medium body....

Overall - A pretty good beer.... recommended...

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this brew from BA peorgarmpe as a thanks.
Poured into a Leffe goblet, hazy orange/ruby brown with a tight off white head. Slightly hazy from the yeast and possibly from the temp. A tad cold. Lots of lacing that lasted till the end of the glass.
Aromas of dark fruits, plums, brandy, rum, jam. Scent of corriander, spices and yeast, no hops to speak of. Rich. Phenolics.
Tasted great. Rich alcohol warmth from the 8.5% abv filled my mouth, rolling with malt, yeast, spices. Has that great Belgian funkiness to it, as expected. Very full in mouthfeel, hints of raisins and caramel, finishes dry and long lasting...

An awesome brew. It's hard to believe that I used to down 2 of these on the train on the way back from work. Awesome.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Brown bottle, best before 9/7/05 - consumed only a few weeks before that date.

App: Very impressive. I poured it, had a long dinner, and the head is still there. A really really good head retainer for this strength. The head itself is 'graded' - large bubbles on the bottom, finer ones on top (may be a side effect of the above point). Quite fizzy, very sticky lacing, not a huge amounth though. Colour is dark red-brown. Very warm in colour, mildly cloudy.

Smell: Potent - Alcohol mostly. Orange peel, pepper, coriander. Nice but not overpowering.

Taste: Orange, pure malty alcohol on sides of tongue, fiery like a good single malt. Peppery, not very hoppy. In fact there are hops, but I find them hard to identify. Maybe plum, barley grain. Natural-tasting®. Candied sugar. Bubblegum, banana, ash, coffee, grape and possibly the texture of turnip. Nice and complicated.

MF: Smooth, just slips down. Alcohol makes it a bit numbing.

Drinkability: Hmmm... strong, peppery, a little cloying. Not so great to drink all night.

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Photo of horndecker
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this beer for two years - ever since I picked up a Verboden Vrucht goblet.

I of course poured into said goblet, and it's deep orange brown, almost walnut, with a finely beaded off-white head. Lots of lace, cloudy and clumpish. Nice.

It has a tart citric nose, earthy, a bit of toffee. Mild fruit aromas mixed with yeast.

The taste starts with a strong sweet fruit hit. Buried in the fruit is a bitterness, a ghost of chocolate, which intensifies as it warms and the flavors develop a bit. Lots of different hints of fruit and funk gather at the dryish end. Then raspberries and dark full flavors lead to a pleasing bitter cocoa aftertaste.

A mild alcohol burn hits the back of your throat, but not harsh. It's creamy and smooth, very drinkable, but potent. I really enjoyed this brew, but it's a once in a while affair.

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Photo of dauss
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this one at Cirio in Brussels. 33cl, 8.5% ABV. The label has a picture of what I assume to be Adam and Eve.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber. Very cloudy with some floaties. A small tan head forms, but there is no laving.

Smell: Very fruity. Rich sweet malt with a lot of dark fruits.

Taste: initial bitterness lasts until the finish. Highly carbonated and lively. Its thick and malty, light phenols give way to more dark fruits and finishes lightly dry.

Notes: It was good. Nothing really special about this beer, because nothing really stands out.

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Photo of Boto
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle: This one poured a fairly clear dark amber color. There was a fairly large off white head to it, that lingers a bit. A touch of lacing. The aroma is quite nice. There are yeasty notes, fruits some caramel malt, spices. Just a pleasant thing to smell. The taste is quite complex. Interesting fruity tastes, but they are all in the background. Medium body, with a bit of caramel and a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very strong, but no real sensation of a strong alcohol taste. Another excellent Belgian. I would definitely try and find this again!

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good dark ale, fruity and full mouthfeel. Held up in taste. Dark, yeasty and fresh from Belgiium at Volo's. Bit of wheat with yeast, popular with mates at end of hot day. Was good both below and at room temperature. Quite drinakable. Pepper, strong carbonation.

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Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 259 ratings
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